General Information

Attendance

Students will be expected to attend school regularly. Only in the case of illness, or some unavoidable reason, should students be absent from school. In the normal course of events parents will telephone or email their child's impending absence. It is important that parents/guardians notifiy the school on the same day that their child is absent from school.

Our preferred method of absence approvals is on-line via Compass. Alternatively, parents/guardians can either email Sonia Francis (Student Absences Coordinator) or leave a message on the Absence Hotline: 9875 9133. When students bring in absence notes for their absences, they can hand them in at Sonia's Office or their relevant Year Level Coordinator.

Parents/guardians need to notify the school if their child is going to be absent from school for a period of time, ie. holidays. This can now be entered on Compass. The student also needs to notify their teachers, Year Level Coordinator and Sonia as soon as they know the dates of the absence.

Parents/guardians are asked to bear in mind the fact that teachers cannot be expected to bring students to satisfactory standards of school work unless attendances are very regular.
Please note that there are special provisions for VCE students.



 

Leaving Early

Permission to leave early will usually only be granted if a written request from home is produced. We impose this restriction in the interests of safety of students and having regard to our responsibilities to parents/guardians.

In this regard, we request parents/guardians ask for permission for students to leave school during the day only if absolutely necessary. Again we stress the importance of unbroken attendance at all classes unless ABSOLUTELY unavoidable.

If students do need to leave school early, they must bring a note signed by parent/guardian. Students without notes or permission will not be permitted to leave the school grounds. Students must present the note to Sonia Francis before school to obtain an Early Leaver's Pass, which is then given to Sonia before signing the Early Leavers’ Book in her office.

If a student is unwell during school hours and needs to go home, they must report to the First Aid Officer in the General Office. Once the parents/guardians have been notified, the student will sign out in Sonia's Office. Students must not ring directly home for parents to come and get them.

 



Canteen

 

Our school Canteen is centrally located in our quadrangle, allowing easy access and stylish cafe seating, and is open for both recess and lunch.

We have plenty to offer. Great healthy options include sushi, yoghurt, home made soup, foccacias, rolls, wraps, sandwiches, daily specials, water, milk, juices and more.

Students should visit the canteen to view our daily specials board. Please note our specials will vary each week, to provide for a variety of tastes.

To ensure you don't miss out on your favourite special, we encourage students to write up a lunch order. Write your name, year level and order on a brown bag. Change will be given. Please place your order in the slot at the canteen window, or otherwise drop your order off at recess.

Parent helpers are always welcome at our canteen. We encourage your support. It is a wonderful way to meet the children and be part of the school community. If you would like to help out in our canteen, please give us a call on 9875 9142 so we can include you in our roster or send us an email. Your help and support would certainly be appreciated.

 



Health and Safety

Students are not permitted to possess or smoke cigarettes, possess or use or be under the influence of alcohol or unprescribed drugs or other substances harmful to health, at school, on school excursions, or in transit between school and home. Cigarette lighters are also forbidden at school.

If students are taking prescribed medication it is essential that the medicine involved be left at the General Office.

Students should be aware at all times of the need for safety and care at school, and to and from school. If a student becomes aware of a possible health and safety risk, this should be entered in the appropriate book in the General Office.

Students who become ill at school should report to the General Office to see the School’s First Aid Officer. First Aid assistance will be given, but if necessary, parents will be called to collect unwell students.

We ask most strongly that a student NOT be sent to school if they show signs of being unwell.

It is essential that a current emergency phone number is listed on each student’s record on our computer system.

Any change to the home address or telephone number, or to the emergency contact person, should be notified in writing to the office immediately.

 



Lockers

Students are allocated a locker at the beginning of every year.

They are responsible for providing a good quality lock, and should leave a spare key, appropriately labelled with the students name, with their Year Level Coordinator.

 



Lost Property

Any articles found at school should be handed in to the Resource Centre. Lost keys are kept at the General Office. It is recommended that valuables NOT be brought to school.

 



Personal Counselling

The relevant Year Level Coordinator or Student Welfare Coordinators are available to help students who have problems which directly or indirectly affect their education. A school psychologist is also available after parental permission has been granted.

NSCSWP 

Our school receives funding from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP). The aim of this funding is to assist schools to provide pastoral wellbeing services to support students, staff and the school community.

1. The NSCSWP Worker has three main roles:

A Pastoral Role  

The NSCSWP Worker will:

  • Participate in a wide range of school community activities, and support staff, to contribute to creating a caring and inclusive learning environment within the school.
  • On request, provide initial support or information to students, staff and other school community members.
  • With written, informed parental consent provide ongoing personal assistance with individual students, subject to duty of care, consent, confidentiality and disclosure requirements and the code of conduct.
  • Offer support or information with regard to critical situations, grief, family breakdown.
  • Be available to provide ongoing support to individuals and/or families.
  • Provide additional opportunities for families to feel supported.

 

A Referral Role  

The NSCSWP Worker will:

  • Provide factual and impartial information about, network with, and be a link to, the support and services provided through community groups, local council and government agencies.
  • Consult and liaise with student counsellors and other staff about student safety, wellbeing or learning while maintaining appropriate confidentiality, and referring students to other staff as required.
  • Be a mandated notifier, and thus be required to report any suspected abuse or neglect as required by state legislation. 

 

A Resource Role  

The NSCSWP Worker will:  

  • Provide a reference point for addressing social issues
  • Provide access to resources from the broader community which are relevant to school programs.
  • Be available to give input into health and social education courses (e.g. in the areas of grief, self-esteem, values or relationships).
  • Be available to give assistance with camps and excursions, and, where appropriate, initiate activities such as voluntary clubs or groups in the school.
  • Support groups such as the Student Representative Council and the Peer Support Program

 

2. This service offered by the NSCSWP Worker is accessed by school community members on a voluntary basis.  

3. The NSCSWP Worker is managed by a school leader and complements, enhances and collaborates with the school
well-being team, counsellors, other school support staff, etc.

4. Students are able to access the NSCSWP through Student Services.

Disclaimer 

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

Acknowledgement

This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training under the National School Chaplain Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP). 

 



Prefects

Prefects at Box Hill High School play an important part in school life as mentors and role models, and in assisting staff in ensuring a secure, well-ordered and happy environment for all students. They are expected to make a significant contribution to the running of the school and numerous extra-curricular activities. The prefects are final year students who are elected by students in Years 11 and 12, and by staff.

 



Sports days

The two inter-house sports days, Swimming and Athletics, are highlights of the school year and VCE students have the opportunity to provide direction and leadership at these events. Attendance is compulsory at these events and students are also encouraged to participate in Round Robin tournaments throughout the year.

 



Transport

Box Hill High School is ideally located on public transport routes.

The school is a three minute walk from Laburnum Station. As well, Box Hill High School is well serviced by buses. Buses to Doncaster and Box Hill Central stop outside the school. A bus for Knox City and Forest Hill is a five minute walk away along Middleborough Road.

Students can obtain a concession for travelling to school. An application form should be obtained from the railway station, completed, with 2 current photos of the student affixed to the form, then brought to the General Office for verification. The form cannot be verified unless the student is actually in attendance at the school.

For information on Myki - http://ptv.vic.gov.au/
For information on Metro trains - http://www.metrotrains.com.au/

 


 

 

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